By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The vendor affectionately known as Wally the Beer Man will be selling beer at the Twins home opener this Friday.

But it won’t be inside Target Field.

“I’m going to move on to a new venture in my life at Sneaky Pete’s as a celebrity beer vendor,” said Wally McNeil.

Though he was found not guilty of selling beer to minors at a Minnesota Twins game last fall, the company that sells beer at Target Field, Delaware North, has said he is suspended indefinitely.

McNeil says it’s time to move on, because he didn’t want to fight the suspension.

McNeil’s fellow beer vendor Ed Stepnik was found guilty of a gross misdemeanor following the sting at Target Field last September. An unnamed juror told reporters that he felt McNeil was entrapped, but Stepnik simply made a mistake.

Stepnik said he was distracted the night of the sting because he was waiting on the results of recent cancer tests.

WCCO’s Susie Jones Interviews Wally McNeil

Comments (25)
  1. pete says:

    I think he meant Deja Vu

    1. TC Paul says:

      Same owner as Pete’s and Dream Girls.

  2. TC Paul says:

    Come on Wally there are tons of bars downtown near the stadium, you could have found a better place to hang your hat then Sneaky Pete’s. But good luck in your retirement from walking the stairs at Target Field at least you got that going for you.

  3. RandyP says:

    Right from selling beer to “pumping the bratwurst” at “sneaky peeks” hee hee

  4. Bud Wiser says:

    GOP’s get tough on criminals program?

  5. Mike says:

    Be proud of Minnesota “Finest”. Go find a criminal law enforcement/entrapment teams. Oh, wait, that might be dangerous, and they can’t afford fines like a working man.

    1. Mike's a loser says:

      Spoken like someone who’s been on the wrong side of the system for too long. Anyone with a brain knows that being a cop in Minneapolis is not a walk in the park. Any jurisdiction that has a bar in it is required by MN law to do those stupid stings. But of course the easy way out for you is to blame the police. If they weren’t doing them and got caught, you’d be the first whining that they’re lazy and don’t do anything. Grow up and get a life. Or better yet, work to change all the stupid laws in this state instead of blaming the people who have to enforce them for you.

  6. Mac McWalters says:

    say it ain’t so Wally

  7. Terry says:

    Go Wally, you are a great person. Keep up the great work it is the Twins who are the losers here.

  8. Anne says:

    I think it is a shame how could someone do that to Wally the beerman

  9. John Mattila says:

    I talked to Wally at a Wld game. Last year during the Twins brief playoff run, Wally worked at Sneaky Pete’s. He said he did better there that at the game..

    1. Joe says:

      I’m sure he received a lot of sympathy tips. That’ll die down fast.

  10. Jobu says:

    At least someone is still holding to the fact he’s GUILTY!!!

    1. Chris says:

      We thought that he was found NOT GUILTY?

      What is your point and what does he have to do to prove innocense?

      It is just a case of their policies getting in the way of common sense…

      They have probably never had an employee fight it and win before!!!

      1. Louis says:

        Wally was acquitted, but Ed wasn’t. You have to remember that there were 8-10 vendors that got caught in that sting operation that night. Only Wally & Ed are getting publicity about it because they have the money to do so. Most of the food & beverage companies that run the stadiums have the same suspend indefinitely policy. Wally just doesn’t have to pay the fine since he took it to court. He could pay for the lawyer that the other vendors couldn’t afford to do.

        1. Charlie says:

          You make it sound like these 2 have gotten wealthy serving suds!

          I do not think that is the case… How about them standing up for their rights?

          They should be applauded for resisting a system that takes advantage of these guys by EXPECTING that they will not fight it!!!

  11. Twin Cities Beer Man says:

    What about Ed Stepnik. I think Pete should hire him as well to work at Sneaky Pete’s.

  12. captainobvious says:

    Obviously he’ll make more money, i see so many cheap skates not tip at target field, in fact everywhere if any of you are bad tippers, whether it be a bartender waitress or whatever just stay home we wont miss you, your useless, i know some1 will complain its too expensive already then stay home and save the money peasants.

  13. Bocko says:

    Best of luck to you, Wally!

  14. So long says:

    Finally the end of “Wally the ego beerman” at Twins games. He added nothing to my enjoyment of the game. The game being the reason for being there. Maybe he can hawk beer at Porkeys.

  15. sparky says:

    Good luck Wally. Thanks for doing the job so well for so long.

  16. buddy says:

    Good luck Wally. Thanks for doing the job so well for so long.

  17. Angie Zuber says:

    Wally, you always were and continue to be a game icon in Mpls. Best wishes, and don’t let the naysayers get you down.